Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures this weekend are expected to hit 100 degrees.
WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner also warned that the Division of Air Quality's rating for the Triangle is orange, which means active children and adults and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
Through at least the next four days, Deaner said no rain is expected.
Friday marked day three of the heat wave. The next few days will be the hottest the Triangle has seen since last August and September.
The extreme heat could last well into, possibly until the middle of the month.
Heat advisories were issued for 52 counties, mainly in the central and eastern portions of the state until Saturday evening.
Gov. Mike Easley is urging citizens to take precautions against heat stroke.
The state departments of Health and of Crime Control and Public Safety suggest these tips for keeping cool:
- Do not leave children or animals in a parked car, even for just a few minutes.
- Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, especially if you must spend time outside.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Use sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from sunburn.
- Stay indoors in air-conditioning if possible.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Avoid cooking with the stove and oven.